Thursday, 23 April 2015

DIY Stitched Cards

Around 2 years ago I helped plan my friend's wedding. It was high pressure. Don't get me wrong she wasn't a Bridezilla, although I could tell the temptation was strong. It was a stressful time and organisation was key. 
One of our fears was that people would open the envelope and see the invitation but not the additional information such as maps, as this was on another piece of card. Ultimately we decided to stick the cards back to back. Looking back, I wish I'd used this tutorial to connect the information. It ensures that all information was connected. Birthdays, weddings, celebrations of any kind- it's perfect for any event. I've found it to be a fun way of adding interest as well as being efficient! Result! 

It's simple: all you need is a needle and thread. If you're feeling lazy, you can just run it through a machine.

How to 
1. Mark out the route you want the stitching to run along.
2. Use the needle to punch holes on your plotted points. 
3. Thread through and you're done!  

I'm in love with this and will definitely be using it in the future. 

Side note: I've found using card with a softer material gives a great effect.

Like the envelope? 
It's one of my previous DIYs. Go and check it out!

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Friday, 10 April 2015

DIY Dip Dyed Envelopes with Food Colouring

Lately, I've been obsessed with party decor. My friend's little girl is turning 1 (insert awww here) and I'm helping plan the aesthetics. The idea of party favours was considered and I thought this would be a great option. So naturally I thought I'd share it with you. 

This was all done with food dye. Yay for thriftiness!  
I'm constantly trying to find new ways to craft on a budget. Firstly because it's always good to be on top of the latest deals and secondly because it's always nice to have a few extra pounds in the pocket! This was extremely easy to do. Initially I was worried about how it would dry but it turned out perfectly. A little side note: make sure the material you're using can withstand being dipped in liquids. 

What you'll need
Food Dye
Washi tape (optional)

What to do
1. Pour dye into bowl. 
2. Dip envelope, remove envelope, water down dye and put envelope back in. 
You're done!

This is a quick and easy way to add a personal touch to any form of paper stationery! 
Go on, give it a try! 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Current Desires

Hello! Easter's over but I'm still enjoying the privilege of being on holiday. Yay! What better to do with my free time than to rummage through all the goodies the internet has to offer. Oh and I've found some good ones. Recently, I've been thinking about creating a feature wall and need some new prints. Coppers, creams and greens seem to all be in at the moment. This works for me because they're the colours I need! I shall post results.    

Also, do you like my new logo? It was definitely a labour of love. I'm new to Photoshop and thought I'd do some experimenting.

1. Photoshop is all about practice (like many things). It's not necessarily hard (so she says) 
but it's time consuming.
2.Command C allows you to copy, and command V allows you to paste (on a mac).
Who knew!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

DIY Wire Place Card Holders

Lately, I've been trying to flex my creative muscles more and I'm truly loving it.  Every easter my family have a big meal to celebrate Easter and every year I try to come up with different ways to dress the table. This year I've found a cute and simple way to add interest to the table. Now don't get me wrong, my immediate family is small and after my 24 years of life I know their names. However, I just think place cards make any event more personal. It gives the impression that everything is carefully planned and thought out.  

These wire place card holders can be used for dinner parties, craft parties, weddings, any thing you want. They were surprisingly easy to make. Getting the right shape was my biggest challenge but once in the flow of it, its really enjoyable and simple to master. 

I used cutting pliers purely because I couldn't get my hands on a pair of 3 in 1 jewellery pliers. Jewellery allow you to bend, cut and form the object all in one handy tool. 

How to 

1. Think about the design you want and the way it curves. I did a quick sketch of the wording so I could visualise 
2. Create the back support.
3. Form the wording/shape. 

The beauty of this is that you can do anything you want with it. Change the colour, shape wording and you have a quick and easy way to personalise any event your hosting. 

Give it a try! 
Happy Easter!